Deborah Voigt On Opera, Theater, And Body Image

Deborah Voigt performing "Annie Get Your Gun" in 2011. Credit CSUF Photos / Flickr

You know that old saying, “The show isn’t over til the fat lady sings”? Like all old sayings, it’s rooted in real experience. That experience hasn’t destroyed soprano Deborah Voigt’s internationally-celebrated career, but when an audition for a famous conductor includes the question “Why are you so fat?” you’ve got the makings of a plus-size, lifelong struggle. NPR’s Scott Simon and Deborah Voigt talk about her frank new autobiography, Call Me Debbie.